John Ore

Notable Achievements

Professor of Theatre John Ore designed the dance lighting for Georgetown Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. Ore also mentored Matt Murphy, class of 2019, Sam Bruno, class of 2020, and Andrew Snyder, class of 2021, who served as support technicians on this holiday classic performed in Alma Thomas Theater.

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Expertise

Lighting and Sound Design, Stage Management

John Ore has two parts to his life at SU.  He is the Director of Technical Operations for the Sarofim School of Fine Art, supervising the ‘backstage’ technical theatre aspects of all the events in the Fine Art Center’s theaters . He also serves as professor for the Theatre Department. His primary teaching areas include lighting and sound design/technology and production stage management.

After receiving the Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, John spent four years designing lights and supervising the Electrics shop at the Alley Theatre in Houston. He then served as Lighting Director/TD for two national tours, one of which included stops in Leningrad, Vilnius and other Lithuanian cities. Mr. Ore began teaching technical theatre at the University of Houston at Clear Lake, where he later became a member of Actors Equity union while working as production stage manager for the Houston Shaw Festival. A recipient of the coveted Mundy Award, John served as a Paideia professor during the first four years of this unique Southwestern academic initiative. John has also worked as a professional designer in the Austin area, with productions at the Zilker Summer Theatre, Zach Scott Theatre, Live Oak Theatre, among others.H

Currently, his design energies are spent working with the Georgetown Ballet and Arts Avenue with SU students working in design/tech roles. He has also served as Director of the Tal Lostracco Summer Theatre Camp for the past ten fantastic years.  His other professional achievement centers on the Heather Hall Sustainability Project, which is nearing completion this academic year.

His teaching philosophy includes a healthy dose of introduction to the world of theatre production by incorporating the department’s current shows into the mix of diverse content. John also tries to provide a number of ways for students to succeed in his courses. His course writing assignments, design projects and tests are plentiful and often weighted evenly. He demands active participation from everyone in the classroom and he enjoys differences of all kinds.

Affiliations:

Member: Actors Equity Association 

Member: Texas Educational Theatre Association 

One-Act Play Contest Critic Judge: University Interscholastic League- Theatre 

Member: United States Institute of Theatre Technology 

Member: Association of Theatre in Higher Education

Member: Southeastern Theatre Conference 

  • John Ore has two parts to his life at SU.  He is the Director of Technical Operations for the Sarofim School of Fine Art, supervising the ‘backstage’ technical theatre aspects of all the events in the Fine Art Center’s theaters . He also serves as professor for the Theatre Department. His primary teaching areas include lighting and sound design/technology and production stage management.

    After receiving the Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, John spent four years designing lights and supervising the Electrics shop at the Alley Theatre in Houston. He then served as Lighting Director/TD for two national tours, one of which included stops in Leningrad, Vilnius and other Lithuanian cities. Mr. Ore began teaching technical theatre at the University of Houston at Clear Lake, where he later became a member of Actors Equity union while working as production stage manager for the Houston Shaw Festival. A recipient of the coveted Mundy Award, John served as a Paideia professor during the first four years of this unique Southwestern academic initiative. John has also worked as a professional designer in the Austin area, with productions at the Zilker Summer Theatre, Zach Scott Theatre, Live Oak Theatre, among others.H

    Currently, his design energies are spent working with the Georgetown Ballet and Arts Avenue with SU students working in design/tech roles. He has also served as Director of the Tal Lostracco Summer Theatre Camp for the past ten fantastic years.  His other professional achievement centers on the Heather Hall Sustainability Project, which is nearing completion this academic year.

    His teaching philosophy includes a healthy dose of introduction to the world of theatre production by incorporating the department’s current shows into the mix of diverse content. John also tries to provide a number of ways for students to succeed in his courses. His course writing assignments, design projects and tests are plentiful and often weighted evenly. He demands active participation from everyone in the classroom and he enjoys differences of all kinds.

    Affiliations:

    Member: Actors Equity Association 

    Member: Texas Educational Theatre Association 

    One-Act Play Contest Critic Judge: University Interscholastic League- Theatre 

    Member: United States Institute of Theatre Technology 

    Member: Association of Theatre in Higher Education

    Member: Southeastern Theatre Conference 

  • Recent Free-lance Professional Design Work

    Lighting Design for The Music Man, Zilker Theatre Productions, Summer 2009

    Lighting Design for Romeo and Juliet, Austin Shakespeare, May 2009

    Lighting Design for Petra’s Sueno, Rollins Theatre at the Long Center, Summer, 2008

    Lighting Design for My Favorite Year, Zilker Hillside Theatre Productions, Summer, 2007

    Lighting Design for Debussy Evening, U. Texas Opera Theatre, November, 2006

    Lighting Design for American Fiesta, (AEA), McCullough Theatre, October, 2006

    Lighting Design for American Fiesta, (AEA), State Theatre, August, 2006

    Lighting Design for Twelfth Night, State Theatre Company, Austin (AEA), Spring, 2006

    Lighting Design for Hamlet, (AEA) Austin Shakespeare Festival (AEA), Fall, 2005

    Lighting Design for Annie Get Your Gun, Zilker Hillside Theatre Productions, Summer, 2005

    Lighting Design for Midsummer Night’s Dream, Austin Shakespeare Festival (AEA), October 2004

    Lighting Design for The Death of Ivan Illyich, (AEA-world premiere) Denison University April 2004

    Lighting Design for Voice of the Whale, ACS New Music and Technology Workshop, July 2003

    Lighting Design for Word and Thought, Waller Creek Auditorium, July-August 2003

    Lighting Design for Klezmatics concert at Agudas Achim synagogue, Dell campus- January, 2002

    Lighting Design for Grease!, Summer Stage Repertory 2002

    Sound Design for Alice In Wonderland, Summer Stage Repertory 2002

  • Panelist: Theatre’s Ecological Footprint, “Our Future Looks Bright, ’cause it’s filled with LEDs,” New York City, August 2009, ATHE.

    Poster presentation: “What’s black and white to you is value to me” ATHE, Denver, 2008

    Paper: “The Dramaturgy of Light,” USITT; Designer as Dramaturge-Addressing the scholarship of design, Houston, 2008

    Paper: “The Dramaturgy of Light” Design as Dramaturgy: from Caspar Neher to Robert Wilson. New Orleans, 2007.

    Co-Contributor: “LEDs: Coming to a theatre near you” with junior theatre major Mindy Griffin ACS Drama Workshop, Furman University, June, 2006.

    Session Chair: Roundtable Session on Stage Management, Texas Educational Theatre Association,

    Focus Group Representative for Design and Technology (2005-2006), Association for Theatre in Higher Education

    Focus Group Conference Planner (2002-2003), Association for Theatre in Higher Education

    Panelist: “Value Added” Design and Technology Panel Session- ATHE Conference in Toronto, July 2004

    Contributor: Automated Lighting Demonstration/Workshop, ACS Drama Workshop, Trinity University, June 2004 with Melanie Sowa and Leia Crawford

    Presentation: Independent Studies of Lighting Rendering Software, ACS Drama Workshop, June 2003

    Participant: Design and Technology Focus Group Panel Session Panel Session ATHE July 2001

    Co-coordinator and Participant: Design and Technology Focus Group Panel Session ATHE July 2000

    Participant: Design and Technology Focus Group Panel Session Panel Session ATHE July 1999

    Presentation: “The Care and Feeding of your Stage Manager”, TETA, 1992